Solid Surface Versus Quartz Counter Tops


Stone counters, such as those made of marble or granite, can require a bit more maintenance than some people may like. Both engineered quartz counters and solid surface counter tops have some of the same benefits without the need for constantly resealing the counter. Which option is right for you will depend on a number of factors.

Resistance to Scratches

Quartz counters are very resistant to scratches, but solid surface counters can scratch relatively easily. However, these scratches can be sanded out to return the surface to an almost like new condition.

Keeping Them Clean

Both solid surface counter tops and quartz counters are non-porous and thus not likely to harbor bacteria. Solid surface counter tops can sometimes get dirt and moisture stuck in any scratches, making them a little bit harder to keep clean. Quartz counters may have seams that could trap dirt, but solid surface counters have no seams. Neither option requires special cleaners.

Resistance to Heat

Both of these types of counter tops can be damaged by heat. Putting a hot pan onto solid surface counters, for example, could change the color of the surface or cause them to melt, warp or crack. Quartz counters can resist heat a bit better, typically only becoming damaged when coming into contact with heat over 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shiny or Matte Finish

Solid surface counters usually have a more matte finish, while quartz counters are typically polished to give them a shinier look. Because these counters have a consistent pattern to them instead of the natural variations in stone counters, neither type of counter will be easily mistaken for a natural stone counter top, but quartz can get a very similar look. 

Color and Pattern Choices

Quartz counters come in more colors or patterns than granite or marble counters, but solid surface counters come in an even wider variety of colors and patterns because they're not necessarily trying to look like real stone and are made with totally man-made materials, unlike quartz counters, which are a mix of quartz chips and resins.


Cost shouldn't necessarily be a reason for choosing either of these materials for your counters, as they are similar in cost to marble or granite counters. They range in price from about $35 to $100 per square foot, including installation costs.

Sink Considerations

Many different types of sinks will work with these counters, but karran sinks are a particularly good alternative. These sinks can be integrated into solid surface counter tops or made from quartz to match the look of a quartz counter. They can be seamlessly bonded to either material so you don't need to worry about dirt and other debris becoming stuck in the edges of the sink.


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